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Passed in the House: Jenkins Bill to Protect Taxpayer Dollars, Empower Patients with Access and Choice

July 06, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in a bipartisan vote, the House voted to pass H.R. 1270, the Restoring Access to Medication and Improving Health Savings Act of 2016. This legislation – which was authored by Ways and Means Committee Member Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and includes provisions authored by Ways and Means Committee Member Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) – will eliminate a harmful Obamacare regulation dictating which medications Americans can purchase without a prescription using their own medical savings account. The proposal also contains provisions to protect taxpayer dollars and make it easier for Americans to save and manage their health dollars by improving access to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).

As House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) said in support of the bill: 

“House Republicans recognize that Obamacare is only making life harder for families and job creators. That’s why we have released a detailed plan to repeal the law and put in place health care solutions that empower the American people to make their own decisions – not Washington.

“This bill by Congresswoman Jenkins helps build upon and advance that important effort. And the legislation is a testament to regular order. It contains three policies that have been marked up and advanced in the Ways and Means Committee.

“This legislation by Congresswoman Jenkins will help people and families throughout the nation by improving choice and affordability in health care.”